Fired Exec Claims Sag's Pension And Health Plan Was Embezzled
Craig Simmons, a former executive with the Screen Actors Guild pension and health plans, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor in which he claims he was fired for attempting to blow the whistle on an embezzlement scheme by the plans' former chief information officer, Nader Karimi. Simmons claims in his complaint that when he brought the information to his former boss, Bruce Dow, he was told to mislead the plans' board of trustees and that when he refused to do so he was fired. In his complaint, first reported by TheWrap.com, Simmons says that when the trustees refused to act, he decided to take matters into his own hands. In a statement, the SAG-PPHP Board said that while it regards Simmons's allegations to be without merit, it nevertheless takes "these allegations very seriously and we have retained outside counsel to conduct a full review of the matter."